Happy Easter! Spring has sprung! The farm is waking up and I just love it! Sunday afternoon (post-Easter meal) Dan and I took a walk through our property discussing various farm decisions:
When are the cherry trees coming?
Where will the four sugar maple trees be planted?
We need to clean out the brush around the mulberry trees.
Should we chip or burn all the wood we clean out of the grove?
Where did the other two turkey hens lay their eggs?
Are there more leftovers from Easter lunch still in the fridge? (Walking around makes me hungry.)
The afternoon was just gorgeous, albeit a little windy, but when we walked through the grove on the west side it was perfectly calm. The lilac bush is budding out and I’m anxiously trying to prune and cut back overgrowth that has taken over the last five years. Underneath the bed of mulch, the garlic is poking its green scapes through the earth and the rhubarb patch we transplanted last year actually has one tender leaf stretching through the wood chips.
It was so beautiful we let the younger goats out to roam and enjoy the green grass. They thoroughly enjoyed the picnic.
My perennial herbs are starting to return, such as sage, thyme and hyssop (pictured below). I’m close to planting the chives I’ve started inside, along with all the scallions, yellow and red onions.
Dan built a four tier shelving system with lights to sprout all our seedlings and they are doing fantastic. I guess we learned a little something from last year’s struggle to germinate.
So far we’ve planted several waves of onions, broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, chives, cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, parsley, marigold, zinnia, oregano, swiss chard, parsley and brussels sprouts. I would wager its been around 300-400 seeds so far. Not even 25% of the entire garden yet, when I calculated around 7,000 seeds in our garden map! Of course many will be planted directly into the ground, like beans, corn and all the squash family, which accounts for a huge majority.
The most exciting discovery has been two nests of eggs from the turkey hens. Dan discovered one in the highest section of the hay bales in the machine shed, and then another hidden in our firewood pile. They are large, pale pink and dotted with brown freckles. Everyday I check and there is one more egg. So, fingers crossed the hens follow their maternal instincts.
That’s our week on the farm! What’s popping up in your backyard?